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Bust of a Woman

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A young woman wears her long hair pulled back from her face in a roll that is held in place with a band. One long curl falls over her left shoulder, and a wide meche falls down her back. A rose and other flowers are placed in her hair at her left temple. Her features are smooth and regular with...

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Signed and dated upper right edge of truncation, inscribed in the clay before firing: Pajou.f.177(4?)


Until 1937, David David-Weill (b. 1871 - d. 1952), Neuilly-sur-Seine, France [see note 1]; 1937, sold by David-Weill to Wildenstein and Company, New York [see note 2]; May 18, 1940, sold by Wildenstein to Forsyth Wickes (b. 1876 - d. 1964), New York and Newport, RI [see note 3]; 1965, bequest of Forsyth Wickes to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 24, 1965) NOTES: [1] David David-Weill was an important figure in the art world, forming a large collection of eighteenth-century French paintings and sculpture and other works of art, as well as serving as the President du Conseil des Musées de France. In 1937 he sold many objects from his collection to Wildenstein and Company (see below, n. 2). Subsequently, when France fell to Germany in 1940, David-Weill fled Paris. At this time, much of his collection was seized by the Nazis. Many of these objects were returned to him following the war. Because this sculpture had been sold to Wildenstein in 1937, it was not among David-Weill's possessions during World War II and was not subject to Nazi looting. [2] See "Sale of the David-Weill Collection," Art News, February 27, 1937, pp. 12, 20. [3] Sold as a portrait of "Madame Olivier".

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Bequest of Forsyth Wickes—The Forsyth Wickes Collection

French, dated 177(4?)

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Overall (without socle): 20 x 16.8 cm (7 7/8 x 6 5/8 in.) Other (with socle): 36.8 cm (14 1/2 in.)

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Cast terracotta with a plaster fill